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"If at times my artworks do not express the conventionally beautiful, there is always an effort to express the universal beauty of man's continuous struggle to lift his social position and to add dimension to his spiritual being.”
“My life with Jacob allowed me to work as I pleased. I’ve never felt overlooked. I’ve been lucky.”
—Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence
"Jacob Lawrence was a lover of tools. The objects of everyday life -- hammers, saws, nails, wooden planks, and boards, he saw as a means to extend the body. He created compositions that honor the simple but necessary.”
—Barbara Earl Thomas
"Working with Gwen and Jake on the catalogue raisonné project and helping to organize the Lawrence Foundation afforded me the opportunity to appreciate and respect both the man and his art."
—Walter O. Evans
This website, a comprehensive online resource on the art and legacy of Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, is supported by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, established in 2000. The website and Lawrence Foundation supported programs are the Foundation's primary initiatives.
Barbara Earl Thomas c/o The Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusettes Street, Seattle, Wa 98144
The Jacob and Gwen Lawrence Foundation supports its designated programs but does not accept unsolicited funding requests. The endowed programs described on this website have been funded by the personal estate of Jacob and Gwen Lawrence.